South Dakota awards specialty crop grants

South Dakota has awarded grants to five specialty crop research projects.  More than 390 thousand dollars from USDA will fund studies to enhance South Dakota’s competitiveness in growing these crops.

Wayward Springs LLC in Aurora will study the viability of year-round high tunnel crop production in South Dakota’s climate.

Cox Sweet Corn in Vale is determining if they can make profitable early market sweet corn using clear plastic mulch with cover crops for weed control. 

The South Dakota Specialty Producers Association in Yankton and Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City are using funds to support producer education and training.

South Dakota State University is studying how to mitigate freeze damage in emerging seedless and wine grapes.

The funding comes from USDA’s Ag Marketing Service Specialty Crop Block Grant program.

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